ESPN selects Malaysia to host Asian X games qualifiers

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SINGAPORE - ESPN has selected Malaysia to host the next three Asian X Games Qualifiers and Disney Channel/ESPN Junior X Games presented by Toyota. Since 1998, the venue has been Phuket Island, Thailand. Other Asian countries, including Singapore, have vied to host the event.

The Qualifier showcases 250 of Asia-Pacific's best action sport athletes and serves as a qualifier to the U.S. Summer X Games. Athletes compete in aggressive in-line skating, bicycle stunt, skateboarding, sport climbing and wakeboarding. The Junior event, inaugurated in 1999, brings together 130 children aged 14 years and under in the spirit of fun competition modeled after the senior Games.

ESPN will televise the Asian event to more than 140 million homes around the globe. In addition,, the extreme-sports and culture Web site, and will offer extensive coverage of the Games.

In 2001, ESPN will launch X Games Qualifiers and Junior X Games in Europe, Australia, South America and Japan. A global challenge is also planned, pitting athletes from each of the continental Qualifiers against one another. The Asian X Games was the first qualifier and remains the template for the future.

Copyright December 2000, Crain Communications Inc.

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